Emerging Craft Artist Cohort

by Jessica Stolen
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American Craft Council’s Emerging Artists Cohort is a three-month program that cultivates the next steps for independent craft artists to advance their professional practices. The program will support 11 innovative artists early in their careers who expand craft boundaries and challenge us to new perspectives.

Through facilitated workshops, presentations, coaching, and conversations, participating artists will gain a deeper understanding of the professional skills and opportunities that will help them thrive in their chosen craft careers. Participating artists will connect with established industry leaders from various craft sectors including gallerists, curators, marketplace artists, exhibiting artists, social practice artists, designers, and more. After the three-month program is complete, all participating artists will receive an accelerator grant to help propel them to the next level of their profession, as well as receive ongoing support and peer connections through monthly meetings and an online communication platform via Slack.


Applications Open February 1, 2024
Applications Close: March 15, 2024, 11:59 MT
Round 1 Jury: March 23 — April 15, 2024
Round 2 Interviews: April 29 — May 25, 2024
Final Jury Result Notifications: June 7, 2024
Program Dates: July 9 — September 26, 2024


Recognizing many pathways to professional practice, ACC encourages a wide range of emerging artists exploring different livelihoods to apply and participate in this pilot program. Livelihoods and practices include retail, museum exhibitions, production work, cross-industry collaborations, and community-based practices. ACC prioritizes creating a diverse and equitable cohort, with an emphasis on communities that have traditionally lacked access to opportunities.

Additional requirements to participate include:

  • 18+ years of age, residing in the United States, ability to accept US bank-drawn checks
  • Identify as an artist, maker, designer, craftsperson, and/or small-batch producer who aspires to create a full-time creative practice or business
  • Willingness to complete the program in its entirety, including completing pre- and post-program surveys and final accelerator grant reports

CLOSESMarch 15, 2024 12:00 am

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